The Natural Way To Reduce Pests In Your Garden


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Some plants will naturally attract a certain kind of insect. Other plants will deter insects. You can use these relationships between insects and plants to build a natural defence around your crops. Take a look at the table below. If we look at growing cucumbers as an example we find radish in the helpers column, since radish will deter cucumber beetles. So when you grow radish around cucumbers, you have a better chance of keeping your cucumbers free from pests. Go through the list to see if you can apply some of the rules or relationships to your current garden layout:

Name Helpers Enemies
Asparagus Tomato (repels Asparagus Beetle) Garlic
Onion
Potato
Bean Carrot Broccoli
Cauliflower Garlic
Cucumber Leek
Onion
Sunflower
Beet (stunts the beans growth)
Tomato
Beet Garlic Cabbage
Onion (deters some insects and weeds) Lettuce
Runner bean (stunts the beets growth)
Silverbeet
Broccoli Garlic Tomato
Onion
Cabbage Garlic Runner bean
Onion Tomato
Carrot Bean (provides nitrogen) Celery
Garlic (repels Carrot Fly) Parsnip
Leek (repels Carrot Fly) Radish
Lettuce Tomato (stunts the carrots growth)
Onion (repels Carrot Fly)
Pea
Cauliflower Garlic Tomato
Onion
Celery Corn
Corn Bean Celery
Cucumber Tomato
Pea (enhances growth of corn)
Potato
Squash
Sunflower
Cucumber Beet Tomato
Carrot
Pea
Radish (deters cucumber beetle and other insects)
Sunflower
Garlic Carrot Bean
Pea
Leek Carrot Bean
Celery Pea
Onion
Lettuce Bean Broccoli
Carrot Celery
Onion
Radish
Strawberry
Onion Beetroot Bean
Cabbage Leek
Carrot Parsnip
Lettuce Pea
Parsnip Garlic Carrot
Pea Celery
Potato
Peach Garlic (prevents peach leaf curl)
Pea Bean Garlic
Carrot Onion
Corn Potato
Cucumber
Radish
Potato Carrot Broccoli
Garlic Cauliflower
Leek Cucumber
Onion Pumpkin
Raspberry
Squash
Sunflower
Tomato
Pumpkin Radish (repels Flea Beetles)
Radish Cucumber Broccoli
Lettuce Cabbage
Runner bean Cauliflower
Potato
Spinach Bean (provides natural shade) Potato
Fruit tree
Pea (provides natural shade)
Strawberry
Squash Bean Potato
Celery
Corn
Cucumber
Onion
Pumpkin
Radish
Strawberry Bean Garlic
Tomato Asparagus Bean

Carrot Beetroot

Celery Broccoli

Garlic (deters Red Spider Mites) Cauliflower

Leek Corn

Onion Pea

Potato

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